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The Logic of Social Inquiry (Methods Course with Elective Readings)
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Elective readings
research methods
research questions
data collection methods

How to Cite

Marin, Alexandra. 2012. “The Logic of Social Inquiry (Methods Course With Elective Readings)”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, November. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


Using an innovative reading assignment structure balances the benefits of studying real research — not just a textbook — against the reality of too little time. Each student reads original research that uses at least one of the research methods studied. With these same studies used as in-class examples, students learn how the assumptions underlying...

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Subject Area(s):
Research Methods
Resource Type(s):
Assessment, Assignment, Syllabus
Class Level(s):
College 200
Class Size(s):

Usage Notes

Discourage students from planning to do last elective reading assigned. An unexpected occurrence that prevents them from doing the reading would leave them with a 0 for the online quiz and no opportunity to do next week’s reading instead.

* Some eager students sometimes choose to do more than one elective reading. I allow students who do this to...

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. 1. Understand how research methods shape and are shaped by other aspects of research: assumptions, question, evidence, findings, and the challenges of studying various settings and populations.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. 1. Evaluated with an essay question on the second test in which students are asked questions that require them to evaluate the research methods used relate to other facets of the study. Example essay questions attached.

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